Category Archives: Thinking About

Thinking About…Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle, WA

Have you seen the movie Last Year at Marienbad?

The light this time of year at the Woodland Park Rose Garden, made me think of the that strange and visually exciting masterpiece.

Thinking About…Italianate vs Italian Villa

Italianate House, Walla Walla


Italian Villa, Walla Walla

Italian Villa

Are you looking at a house and trying to decide if the style is Italianate or Italian Villa?  I understand the dilemma, I have developed this little memory trick to remind myself… if it has a tower to see over the “hill(a)”  it is Italian Villa.  Walla Walla, WA, USA. Italianate 1890, Italian Villa, 1895

Thinking about…Ranks

Four Rank Contemporary

Four Rank Contemporary

I was shooting around Queen Anne and came across this wonderful home under construction. This house is a four rank structure because the front windows (which are attractively tall and multi-paned!) and the door line up in four neat vertical lines. (the windows on the far right are actually on a bay on the side of the house)  Note: nice integration of salvaged double front doors.

In colonial times glass was expensive, the rank count  of your home was a matter of prestige; the higher the rank the better your standing in society. Most average homes were 3 (a door flanked by two rows of windows.)   Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010